iRock! BLiNG MP3/CD Player Review
The world of audio technology has changed tremendously over the past few years. We have seen advancements over advancements. We first saw the introduction of turntables, and the evolution of the CD. Now we enter the revolution of MP3 audio.
is known as MPEG 3 Layer File, it now stands as the most widely
used audio format in the world.
Today we review the iRock! BLiNG MP3 player from iRock!
iRock! is a division of FID or First International Digital Inc.
from iRock’s website
or First International Digital, Inc., (www.myirock.com), a Motorola
spin-off headquartered near Chicago, is a global multimedia company
with nearly 100 patents in audio, video, speech and communications
technology. The company is a leading provider of multimedia software
and hardware solutions, including the patented MP3iTM and maxMIDITM
technologies and related hardware platforms such as digital audio
players and language learning devices. FID licenses its software
technology to OEM's for creating rich media experiences for entertainment
and education applications. First International Digital is privately
financed by a number of corporate investors including Motorola,
Via Technologies, and First International Computer.”
The iRock! BLiNG plays both MP3 CDs and standard audio CDs. It has the ability to hold over 150 songs on one CD depending on file size. Pricing in at a retail price of $99.99, this MP3 Player is a steal!
Size: 5.1" x 5.8" x 1.1"
I like the fact that iRock offers the AC/DC Power Adaptor included. It has the ability to recharge 1.2V AA batteries. These days, many companies sell their power adaptor separately. A nice bonus from a company that values their customers. The bundle is very generous.
The manual is very well written and is very clear. This unit is basic and straightforward to operate.
The design of the BLiNG is of high quality. The buttons are neatly spread apart and the LCD screen is in the right spot. I could not find one downfall to the design and layout.
Opening the unit is just as easy. Just a push of your finger is all that is required.
The LCD screen that you see has the capability of displaying text characters. Unfortunately, the MP3 ID Tag information is displayed only on the player itself. Can’t have best of both worlds right? Cough *iRock! * Cough!
The display was clean and very clear to see. Upon powering up the player, it displays a welcome message. Exiting the unit displays "Good bye".
To show you the thickness of this player, I will be comparing it to my old Sony CD player.
Now what can this player do?
Some features offered in the iROCK BLiNG are the following file systems supported: CD-ROM (ISO9660), Joliet, Multisession, CD-Extra and Mixed CD.
in other words, you are set to go with this player. Regular CD’s
that you can pick up at our local music store will play, and MP3
files that you can record on a blank CD will play.
great feature is that Multi-session CD’s will play on this
unit. What does this mean?
ID3 Tags are supported. You have the ability to see the artist, song title, bit rate, and elapsed time on the LCD display. This is a wonderful feature. So you know what you are listening to!
The BLiNG! has a built-in battery re-charger with auto-switch function for quick and normal charging on 1.2AA Rechargeable batteries. Very creative idea for consumers who are money cautious. Everyone loves saving money!
The test and sound quality
The test consisted of me trying to make this player skip! In the test I preformed, shaking the player like a mad man, I was not able to make it skip! Shows you that the skip protection works wonders.
Sound quality of CD and MP3 files were where the iROCK BLiNG player excelled. The bass was very good. The bass produced a strong clean thump, thump. The clarity was top-notch. The clarity was a like champ. Another thing to point out. With the speakers plugged in (no remote in), the volume was really loud and clear. The volume is really loud. There are different equalizer options that fit all type of music. This all depends on the quality and bit-rate of the MP3 file. I suggest a minimum of 128Kbps for optimum sound quality.
I loved using this unit. The sound, the features, and the build quality were excellent. Now, the only gimmick that I’d like to see is the remote control having the ability of displaying the MP3 ID Tag info. I hope this is considered for a feature release. The remote only can say: CD, and the station on FM Mode.
Overall I have to give this iRock! BLiNG a…
9.5/10! BUY THIS MP3 PLAYER!
Pros & Cons
+ Build Quality is superb
+ Easy to use
+ Great sound quality
+ Includes AC/DC Adaptor
+ Nice Remote
+ Features, Multi-Session CD support
You can purchase it on the iRock website. They have a sale going on for one of these MP3 units for $89.99 U.S., so make sure you pick one up! This is one heck of a deal! Click HERE